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The Museum will be closed Thursday, September 29, for a private event.
Discover the extraordinary.

Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more.
Discover what's happening this week.

Spend a day at Discovery Place and we'll introduce you to a world of wonder, where science amazes, educates and entertains. There's something for everyone in the family to enjoy, from little ones just starting to explore to adults who feel like they have seen it all. No matter your age, we're dedicated to connecting you with science, technology and nature and making it a fun and fascinating part of your world.

Experience the extraordinary including...

The wonder and interconnectedness of the world are at your fingertips as you encounter organisms and creatures from across the globe in World Alive, encompassing an aquarium, learning labs and rainforest. Celebrate Earth's biodiversity as you learn about species and ecosystems and understand their importance to the overall health of the planet.

Channel your inner inspiration, imagination and innovation in Think It Up, a hip "thought studio" and multi-sensory world of color, light, sound and creation. Filled with activities designed to bring out the innovator in everyone, you will discover your ability to collaborate, solve problems, take risks and push boundaries.

Build on what you already know about architecture in Project Build as you explore the design behind everything from forts to pyramids to skyscrapers. Create your own building sketches, develop floor plans and design buildings with state-of-the-art multimedia programs.

Play it cool in Cool Stuff where you can learn all about the why of science and find out why things do the things they do.

Pop in to an eye-popping experience in Discovery 3D Theatre. Glasses are required to experience the latest in digital filmmaking and state-of-the-art sound. You will be immersed in family-friendly short films that require you to hold onto your seat and your senses.

Little hands can play with the big ideas of science in KidScience a unique experience for visitors age 7 and younger. Kids play in experiences that are based in math and science, and learn by touching, trying and tinkering in different environments and activities such as water tables, wind tunnels, blocks, gears and air tubes.

See What's Happening This Week at Discovery Place


  Non-Members Members
  Adults Children Seniors All
Museum $17.00 $13.00 $15.00 FREE
IMAX Discovery Film $10.00 $9.00 $9.00 $5.00
Museum + IMAX Discovery Film $22.00 $18.00 $20.00 $5.00

Ages: Adults (14-59), Children (2-13), Seniors (60+)

Children younger than 2 FREE, Group Discounts available.

Military receive $2.00 off Museum admission (must show ID).

*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.

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EBT or WIC cardholders may visit Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum or Discovery Place KIDS for just $1 per person, for up to six family members. Show your benefits card at Admissions to receive the discount. Welcome participants may purchase IMAX tickets for $5 per ticket and discounted parking for $8 per vehicle. Welcome program benefits are for N.C. and S.C. residents only and may not be used for school or group visits.

Discovery Place, Inc. is participating in Museums for All, a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children's Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

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Hours of Operation

noon - 5:00 p.m.
Mon - Fri
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Closed Easter Sunday, September 6 – 9, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Getting Here

Discovery Place

301 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202

Directions to the Museum
Parking Instructions
Printable Map

Discovery Place is located in the heart of uptown Charlotte and is accessible by car, train or foot:

By Car:

Discovery Place Parking Deck is located at the corner of Church and 6th Sts. in uptown Charlotte.

Enter the deck from 6th St. The Deck is three levels - walking access to the Museum from the parking deck is on Level 3, an elevator connects and staircase connects all three levels. During the summer parking may become congested, we suggest arriving early.

By Train:

Discovery Place is two blocks from the 7th Street Station stop on the LYNX Light Rail system. Upon exiting the train at 7th St., head west toward Tryon St., Discovery Place is located on Tryon St. between 6th & 7th Sts.

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By Foot:

If you are in uptown Charlotte, simply head toward Tryon St. & 6th St. - we're hard to miss! There are two entrances to the Museum - one located on 6th St. between Tryon St. & Church St. and the other on N. Tryon St. between 6th & 7th Sts.

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